Timing statistics

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To quickly track how much time a respondent spends answering each question or question group, enable the timings options from the Notifications and data panel:

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If timings option is enabled, Timing statistics can be accessed from the Response & statistics toolbar:

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Timing statistics

A table with the timings of each response will be displayed:

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As it can be observed, the columns are made of an "Action" column and sortable columns (ID, Total time, group and question time).

Help.pngThe above example does not display any group time statistics because only one group was used within the respective survey. The group time corresponds to the total time. Numerical values will be displayed in the group columns if there are at least two groups in the survey.

The "Action" column contains the following response-related options:

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  • View response details: To check the response submitted by a respondent, click on this button. The panel allows you to edit the response entry, delete the entry or export it
  • Edit this response: To edit the response submitted by a respondent, click on the green pencil button
  • Delete this response: click on the red trash button if you wish to delete the response from your response table.

Help.pngPlease note that you cannot edit the time statistics table!

The ID refers to the response ID, while the rest of the columns express the time a respondent spent on a group or question. The value is expressed in seconds.

Help.pngThe time statistics are stored in the response table! Therefore, if you wish to analyse the time-related data, export it and save it to your machine. Then, you can further analyse it with the help of a spreadsheet software or a specialized software in data analysis.

In the case in which you use to display more responses on the same page, change the default value of 10, and go for a larger value:

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Interview time

Two statistics are automatically calculated for all the stored complete responses:

  • Average interview time
  • Median

Frequently asked questions

If I go back to one of my previous responses, is the time getting aggregated?

Yes, it does. If the survey attribute "backwards navigation" is enabled, then you can go to one of your previous answers, correct the response, while LimeSurvey continues to count how much time you spent on each page.


Pre-conditions: - -

Let's assume that you have already reached Question 5 (Q5) and you want to edit your response to Question 1 (Q1). By clicking "Previous", you also visit Q4, Q3, and Q2. Once Q1 is edited, the time you already spent first time is aggregated with the time it took you to edit your responses. Going back to Q5 is going to also add more time to Q2, Q3, and Q4.

In case you are unhappy with this behavior, you may allow users to jump backwards via the index feature of LimeSurvey.